• respond to national needs. I am not suggesting that we resolve this question today. But you may want to consider a recommendation to set up a committee that for a period of, say, 6 months solicits views from all members of the community, and then comes up with strategic guidelines on priorities.

Finally I come to the topic of evaluating performance. The Joint Policy Board of Mathematical Sciences published in 1994 a report titled Recognition and Reward in the Mathematical Sciences. The next step is to examine whether departments are doing a good job or can do a better job in evaluating programs in (1) education (K-12, multidisciplinary) and (2) interdisciplinary research. For example, might a national rating be developed that will help mathematics departments?

I do not wish to give the impression that what is needed is an ever increasing number of committees. Our community has new challenges that it must respond to, and your ideas are needed on how to go about it.

Finally, I want to emphasize the importance of this workshop to reach a consensus. It will not serve the mathematical sciences well if we are divided in our recommendations. At this time of stress from so many directions, this workshop can succeed only if the community moves forward in unity.



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